Apple continues its streak of releasing new products this time with an updated piece of software, Logic Studio. An upgrade to Logic Pro, you now have a single-window UI that allows for total music production with the power of Logic Pro 8. Included is Soundtrack Pro 2, which allows for seamless post-production (Soundtrack really shines at this) without a cluttered interface. You’ll also have 80 pro plug-ins, 40 virtual instruments, and powerful live performance utilities.
Included with Logic Studio is MainStage, a new app that is designed for live performance or band rehearsals. Think of it as a mashup of Logic, GarageBand, Guitar Rig, and a bunch of DSP plug-ins. You can control effects and setups with MIDI and can customize sound settings to your liking all in a few clicks. One of the cooler features is how the UI is specifically setup to be viewed on stage from a distance with dim lighting. You get it all for only $499 too. Quite the deal when you look at other professional options like ProTools. Hit the link for the full scoop on Logic Studio.